Jam group Twiddle kicks off their Plumpty Dumpty tour tonight, playing at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC. To celebrate, the group has announced a live stream through the Tourpedo service. With all proceeds going to Teen Cancer America, there’s really no reason not to kick back and watch Twiddle jamming out!The show kicks off at 10:30 PM Eastern, so don’t miss out! Thanks to our friends at LiveList, you can stream the show below on the L4LM Channel of their stream database. So kick back and enjoy below: You can check out the full listing of shows on the L4LM LiveList channel below:
Beloved jammers Umphrey’s McGee just spent a weekend at the pristine Summer Camp Music Festival, but their summer plans are far from over. The group leaked a few tour dates in the festival’s program, and today the band has officially confirmed the announcement of five new tour dates.The new dates are centered in the Midwest, which explains why they were announced post-Summer Camp as opposed to the major tour announcement. They include August 4th in Peoria, IL, September 3rd in Chicago, IL, September 8th in Columbus, OH and September 9th in Pittsburgh, PA. The band will also be hitting the North Coast Music Festival on September 4th, joining the likes of Odesza, Bassnectar, Greensky Bluegrass, The Claypool Lennon Delirium and more!North Coast Music Festival Continues To Set The Bar For Lineup DiversityAll ticketing information can be found here, and the newly announced dates are pictured below.
The 7th annual AURA Music Festival hosted an incredible lineup this year, featuring mesmerizing sets from The Disco Biscuits, Snarky Puppy, Turkuaz, The Main Squeeze, and many more. Of the weekend’s many highlights was a headlining performance from Thievery Corporation. The D.C.-based bossa nova/dub/world music act brought a heated set, including a scorching cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “Fire On The Mountain” (which you can watch here), along with favorites “Depth of my Soul,” “Unified Tribe,” “Lebanese Blonde,” and an especially enchanting “Sweet Tides.”Yesterday, AURA Music Festival released a beautiful video of “Sweet Tides,” which you can watch below:Don’t miss out on seeing Thievery Corporation on the road. If you’re in Colorado this summer for Dead & Company‘s performance at Folsom Field on July 2nd, be sure to make it over to the Boulder Theater for a late-night post-Dead special An Evening with Thievery Corporation. Tickets are currently on sale here.
With Darkside coming to a close last year, fans of Dave Harrington have been curious as to what the guitarist’s next project will be. Today, we’ve learned that Harrington has assembled a group called the Merry Pranksters, honoring the Grateful Dead tradition with a late night performance post-Dead & Company in New York, NY.On June 25th, just after Dead & Co hits Citi Field, fans can catch Harrington’s Merry Pranksters at Rough Trade NYC. The show promises to carry on the “spirit of the 60’s counterculture that birthed the Grateful Dead,” with music influenced by the Dead, as well as freakier sounds of Santana, The Allman Brothers Band, and more.Check out the full lineup for the show below, and head here for tickets and more information.Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters BandDave Harrington – guitar (Darkside / Nicolas Jaar / El Topo)Spencer Zahn – bass (Twin Shadow)Will Epstein – sax & synths (High Water / Dave Harrington Group / Nicolas Jaar)Jeff Tobias – alto & bari sax (Sunwatchers)William Shore – vibes (Tomboy)Nate Sloan – keys (Gideon & Hubcap)John Stanesco – bass clarinet & tenor sax (Friend Roulette)Tlacael Esparza – drums (Friend Roulette / Sunhouse / Nicolas Jaar)Nick Kinsey – drums (Kinsey / Elvis Perkins)
On Thursday, August 18th, the San Francisco Giants celebrated the legacy of Jerry Garcia during their Tribute Night at AT&T Park. Garcia, a San Francisco native, was honored throughout the evening with memorabilia that was available for fans, which included a Garcia bobblehead and Giants themed Garcia t-shirts. The night was especially unique, as the national anthem was performed by a star-studded group of musicians. Sunshine Becker, of Furthur and the Sunshine Garcia Band, made her third appearance at the annual tribute event to perform the anthem. Joining her that evening was last minute guest, Jennifer Hartswick, of the Trey Anastasio Band. Hartswick was in town for a Rex Foundation benefit concert, also a tribute to Jerry Garcia, which was led by Giants player Jake Peavy. Becker reached out to Hartswick upon learning of her show and, without hesitation, agreed to join in for the festivities at the park. The evening was extra special as it was also Hartswick’s birthday, in addition to being the first time the two ladies performed together.The final addition for the trifecta of eloquence was Tim Flannery joining in on guitar. Flannery is a retired third base coach for the Giants. Becker selected him to perform on guitar as a way to honor Garcia’s timeless musical contributions. Many thanks to Becker as she shared her personal, behind the scenes photos from the evening with L4LM. Here’s the full video of the national anthem, which started out the beautiful night at the park: Your browser does not support iframes.For more information regarding Sunshine Becker, please visit her Facebook page. For more information regarding Jennifer Hartswick, please visit her official website. For information on Tim Flannery’s music, please visit his official website.Words by Sarah Bourque. Visit on Twitter
Back in April, The Nth Power hosted a guest-filled tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, LA as part of the Jazz Fest late-night series — and it was phenomenal. Perhaps one of the most talked-about sets of the Jazz Fest season, “Earth, Wind and Power” isn’t letting the fire extinguish just yet. They’ll be returning to the stage at Brooklyn Comes Alive on October 22nd with a whole new set of guests.The Nth Power will lead the funk/pop compositions with a sensational cast of characters, including Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Skerik, The Shady Horns (Ryan Zoidis & Eric “Benny” Bloom), Farnell Newton (trumpet), Danny Sadownick (percussion), and more! With over 50 artists included in the BCA lineup, there’s no telling who else might step up to the “Boogie Wonderland.”Flash back to the debut of this epic performance with “Getaway” in the pro-shot video below, exclusively through L4LM:Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to the event grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the event’s website. Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Lineup:Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickShowcase Sets:RIPEOrgan FreemanArtists-At-Large:Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (School of Rock)Elise Testone (American Idol)Supergroups:The All Brothers Band: Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Neal Evans, Alan Evans[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits: Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Marc Brownstein, Aron MagnerReed Mathis and Electric BeethovenJoe Russo, Scott Metzger, Robert Walter, & Andy HessDRKWAV: John Medeski, Adam Deitch, & SkerikThe Nth Power Presents Earth, Wind & Power ft. Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, The Shady Horns, Farnell Newton, Danny SadownickJason Hann’s RhythmatronixA Tribute To J Dilla: Borahm Lee, Nate Edgar, Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Stu BrooksTim Palmieri & Friends: Dan Edinbugh, Jen Durkin, Rob Somerville, Alan EvansNatalie Cressman Presents: Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Chris Bullock, Benny Rietveld, Samora PinderhughesThe Coomes Brothers Ft. Jesus Coomes, Tyler Coomes, Adam Smirnoff & The Shady HornsRoosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down Ft. Eli Winderman, Rob Compa, Adrian TramontanoManic Focus & Friends
My Morning Jacket have worked hard to cement themselves as one of the best live rock bands living today. They put their heart and soul into each performance, with frontman Jim James leading the way with his passionate singing and guitar playing. Drummer Patrick Hallahan is a beast behind the kit, pounding away furiously to help build the band’s sound, and guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Carl Broemel delivers incredible performances on a nightly basis. The band constantly turn in classic performances, and their legend on the live circuit grows with each show.This past May, the Jacket hit Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater for a two-night run that saw the band showcase their other-worldly talent as a live band. They performed two nights without repeating any songs, digging deep into their catalog of material and covers to provide a special weekend for their dedicated fans. The band performed twenty-seven songs at each show, with night one featuring classic material like “Outta My System”, “Touch Me I’m Going To Scream” parts I and II, “Mahgeetah”, and a note-perfect cover of Prince‘s “Purple Rain, while night two saw the band perform “It Beats 4 U”, “Lay Low”, “Gideon”, and a slew of older material with original guitar player Johnny Quaid joining the band. It was a celebratory weekend for sure, and one that fans and the band won’t soon forgetBelow, you can check out the setlists and full HD videos from both evenings of the run, courtesy of YouTube user Pat Meyers. Enjoy My Morning Jacket in all their glory, and don’t miss them next time they play a show near you! My Morning Jacket will perform a special late-night headlining set on Friday night at the upcoming Suwanee Hulaween. If the band’s performance at Red Rocks and their subsequent triumph at Lockn’ Festival are any indication, fans at Hulaween should be very excited!
The Disco Biscuits returned to the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas last night for their second of three nights in Sin City. With Phish now officially started, the late-night Biscuits made for a perfect activity for jam band enthusiasts to go from one epic show to another. The energy was in full force, with a solid “Resurrection” opener, featuring heavy teases before taking a full transition into “Safety Dance.” You can watch the opening number from last night’s throwdown below, courtesy of nugs.tv.The electronic-infused, psychedelic jam-rock continued, from “Helicopters” to “Hot Air Balloon” to “Astronaut” and back into “Helicopters.” Those who went from Phish to the Disco Biscuits certainly made a good decision, with another jam-heavy “Above the Waves” second set double-sandwich. Check out the full setlist below!The Disco Biscuits return to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas tonight for their final show.The Disco Biscuits @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas 10/28/16 Setlist:I: Resurrection-> Safety Dance-> Helicopters-> Hot Air Balloon-> Astronaut-> HelicoptersII: Above the Waves-> Floes-> Above the Waves-> Tricycle-> Above the WavesE: Froglegs[Photo by Dave DeCrescente Photography via Disco Biscuits Facebook]
Last week, Patti Smith performed at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm, Swede. She delivered a heartwarming performance of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” with accompaniment from an orchestra. While almost perfect, she did accidentally repeat a line of the song, forcing the entire orchestra to start the verse over after saying, “I apologize, I’m so nervous.” The audience, of course, applauded Smith for her actions nonetheless.Smith responded to her own actions in a personal essay for The New Yorker, explaining why nerves beat her in her own live performance. She explains how she was asked to perform at the ceremony before even knowing that Bob Dylan would be awarded for the Nobel Prize for Literature, though he was not able to attend the acceptance himself because of previous “existing commitments.” When she found out that she’d be performing the icon’s music at such a ceremonious event, she became overwhelmed with “conflicting emotions” and obsessed herself with perfecting the tune. Read the full essay below:I was born in Chicago on December 30, 1946, within the vortex of a huge snowstorm. My father had to help the taxi driver navigate Lake Shore Drive with the windows wide open, while my mother was in labor. I was a scrawny baby, and my father worked to keep me alive, holding me over a steamy washtub to help me breathe. I will think of them both when I step on the stage of the Riviera Theatre, in Chicago, on my seventieth birthday, with my band, and my son and daughter.Despite the emotionally wrenching atmosphere that has engulfed us during the Presidential election, I have tried to spend December immersed in positive work, tending to the needs of my family, and preparations for the new year. But, before Chicago, I had yet to perform a last important duty for 2016. In September, I was approached to sing at the Nobel Prize ceremony, honoring the laureate for literature, who was then unknown. It would be a few days in Stockholm, in a beautiful hotel, overlooking the water—an honorable opportunity to shine, contemplate, and write. I chose one of my songs that I deemed appropriate to perform with the orchestra.But when it was announced that Bob Dylan had won the prize and accepted, it seemed no longer fitting for me to sing my own song. I found myself in an unanticipated situation, and had conflicting emotions. In his absence, was I qualified for this task? Would this displease Bob Dylan, whom I would never desire to displease? But, having committed myself and weighing everything, I chose to sing “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” a song I have loved since I was a teen-ager, and a favorite of my late husband.From that moment, every spare moment was spent practicing it, making certain that I knew and could convey every line. Having my own blue-eyed son, I sang the words to myself, over and over, in the original key, with pleasure and resolve. I had it in my mind to sing the song exactly as it was written and as well as I was capable of doing. I bought a new suit, I trimmed my hair, and felt that I was ready.On the morning of the Nobel ceremony, I awoke with some anxiety. It was pouring rain and continued to rain heavily. As I dressed, I went over the song confidently. In the hotel lobby, there was a lovely Japanese woman in formal traditional dress—an embroidered cream-colored floor-length kimono and sandals. Her hair was perfectly coiffed. She told me that she was there to honor her boss, who was receiving the Nobel Prize in Medicine, but the weather was not in her favor. You look beautiful, I told her; no amount of wind and rain could alter that. By the time I reached the concert hall, it was snowing. I had a perfect rehearsal with the orchestra. I had my own dressing room with a piano, and I was brought tea and warm soup. I was aware that people were looking forward to the performance. Everything was before me.I thought of my mother, who bought me my first Dylan album when I was barely sixteen. She found it in the bargain bin at the five-and-dime and bought it with her tip money. “He looked like someone you’d like,” she told me. I played the record over and over, my favorite being “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” It occurred to me then that, although I did not live in the time of Arthur Rimbaud, I existed in the time of Bob Dylan. I also thought of my husband and remembered performing the song together, picturing his hands forming the chords.And then suddenly it was time. The orchestra was arranged on the balcony overlooking the stage, where the King, the royal family, and the laureates were seated. I sat next to the conductor. The evening’s proceedings went as planned. As I sat there, I imagined laureates of the past walking toward the King to accept their medals. Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Albert Camus. Then Bob Dylan was announced as the Nobel Laureate in Literature, and I felt my heart pounding. After a moving speech dedicated to him was read, I heard my name spoken and I rose. As if in a fairy tale, I stood before the Swedish King and Queen and some of the great minds of the world, armed with a song in which every line encoded the experience and resilience of the poet who penned them.The opening chords of the song were introduced, and I heard myself singing. The first verse was passable, a bit shaky, but I was certain I would settle. But instead I was struck with a plethora of emotions, avalanching with such intensity that I was unable to negotiate them. From the corner of my eye, I could see the the huge boom stand of the television camera, and all the dignitaries upon the stage and the people beyond. Unaccustomed to such an overwhelming case of nerves, I was unable to continue. I hadn’t forgotten the words that were now a part of me. I was simply unable to draw them out.This strange phenomenon did not diminish or pass but stayed cruelly with me. I was obliged to stop and ask pardon and then attempt again while in this state and sang with all my being, yet still stumbling. It was not lost on me that the narrative of the song begins with the words “I stumbled alongside of twelve misty mountains,” and ends with the line “And I’ll know my song well before I start singing.” As I took my seat, I felt the humiliating sting of failure, but also the strange realization that I had somehow entered and truly lived the world of the lyrics.Later, at the Nobel banquet, I sat across from the American Ambassador—a beautiful, articulate Iranian-American. She had the task of reading a letter from Dylan before the banquet’s conclusion. She read flawlessly, and I could not help thinking that he had two strong women in his corner. One who faltered and one who did not, yet both had nothing in mind but to serve his work well.When I arose the next morning, it was snowing. In the breakfast room, I was greeted by many of the Nobel scientists. They showed appreciation for my very public struggle. They told me I did a good job. I wish I would have done better, I said. No, no, they replied, none of us wish that. For us, your performance seemed a metaphor for our own struggles. Words of kindness continued through the day, and in the end I had to come to terms with the truer nature of my duty. Why do we commit our work? Why do we perform? It is above all for the entertainment and transformation of the people. It is all for them. The song asked for nothing. The creator of the song asked for nothing. So why should I ask for anything?When my husband, Fred, died, my father told me that time does not heal all wounds but gives us the tools to endure them. I have found this to be true in the greatest and smallest of matters. Looking to the future, I am certain that the hard rain will not cease falling, and that we will all need to be vigilant. The year is coming to an end; on December 30th, I will perform “Horses” with my band, and my son and daughter, in the city where I was born. And all the things I have seen and experienced and remember will be within me, and the remorse I had felt so heavily will joyfully meld with all other moments. Seventy years of moments, seventy years of being human.Watch her performance:
The Right Now continue to captivate their audiences, bringing about a modern neo-soul vibe to all of their music and live performances. The band is fronted by energetic vocalist of Stefanie Berecz, and powered by the six musicians by her side, Brendan O’Connell (guitar/vocals/keys), Chris Corsale (guitar), Greg Nergaard (bass), Lucas Gillan (drums), Caleb Mitchell (trumpet) and Jim Schram (tenor sax/horn arrangements).With a new album Starlight due out on February 24th, the band is gearing up for a huge year in 2017. Starlight looks to be an exciting release, with The Right Now focusing their energies on top quality production and thought-provoking lyrics. Even the album’s name, Starlight, refers to the unifying quality that the night sky has over the whole world. Says bandleader Brendan O’Connell, “The night sky is something that connects and unifies everyone on this planet, regardless of all the perceived differences that we may have. We’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the country as musicians and have found that people share more common values than one might think.”To get you excited for the new release, we’re honored to premiere the band’s newest single from the new release. Check out “Too Late” below, and read on to learn more about the track.“The idea behind the lyric was to tell the story of someone that was dumped unceremoniously and took the opportunity to look in the mirror, do some self-improvement, and come back empowered and feeling good about themselves (physically, emotionally, the whole nine),” explains O’Connell. “She gets a chance to confront her ex, who has some ideas about getting back together. What’s her response? ‘It’s too late.’ I think it’s a situation a lot of us have been in before and it feels good to have the inner confidence to tell someone that they missed out.Musically this song bridges the gap between the retro flavor on the last record Gets Over You and the more modern vibe of Starlight. There’s a live-in-the-studio feel with the rhythm section and horns but the thick background vocals and organ/harpsichord on the bridge make it clear that we’re exploring different sonic territory. Stef’s gritty vocal performance shines on this track and is one of my favorite on the album.”The Right Now will be touring in 2017 in support of their new release, so don’t miss out on this exciting group! To pre-order the new album Starlight, find tour dates and more, head to the band’s official website.